Here you have the secret formula of the Russian salad to prepare it at home and tricks to personalize it and make it even more irresistible.
1. Russian Salad Ingredients
Russian salad, also known as Olivier salad, is a salad made from cooked vegetables (usually potato, carrot, green beans, and peas) mixed with mayonnaise and, almost always, boiled egg and canned tuna.
Ingredients for 4 people: 2 potatoes | 2 or 3 carrots | 100 g of round green beans | 50 g of shelled peas | 1 roasted red pepper | 2 eggs | 100 g of tuna in oil | 250 g mayonnaise | 50 g pitted green olives | olive oil | black pepper and salt.
2. Prepare the Vegetables
To make the Russian salad, first of all, you have to prepare the vegetables. Peel the potatoes, scrape the carrots, trim the green beans, and wash all three. Dice the first two and chop the last.
Trick. If you’re at speed, you can dip into a bag of frozen vegetables that carries potatoes, carrots, and beans, one of the processed foods considered healthy.
3. Cook the Vegetables and Eggs
Arrange the vegetables in a saucepan with plenty of salted water and cook for 10 minutes. Add the peas and boil 2 more minutes. Drain and let cool. In parallel, put a saucepan with saltwater on the fire and bring it to a boil. Add the eggs, cook 8 minutes, and remove.
Refresh them in cold water, peel, chop, and reserve. Find out here how to make the perfect fried egg.
Trick. If you want the vegetables to be firmer when the cooking is finished and before draining them, pass them through icy water.
4. Make the Mix
Drain the tuna and olives, mince the tuna and cut the olives into rings. Arrange the vegetables in a large bowl and add the mayonnaise, tuna, olives, and chopped egg.
Drizzle with a trickle of oil, season with salt and pepper, mix well and reserve the Russian salad in the fridge until ready to serve.
Trick. If you want to lighten it up a bit, you can put a light yogurt sauce instead of the mayonnaise.
5. How to Decorate It
Once you have prepared the mixture, it’s time to decorate it.
Trick. One possibility is to crown it with some whole olives, grated egg yolk, chive stalks, and accompany it with breadsticks, for example.
6. Russian Salad With Piquillo Peppers
It is also very typical to add chopped piquillo peppers to the Russian salad or use them in strips to decorate it.
Trick. The pepper can be canned or roasted or roasted. And if you do not have tuna, you can put anchovies or canned sardines instead.
7. Avocado Stuffed With Russian Salad
If you want a more current and appealing version, you can use it to fill some avocados. You have to cut them in half, remove the bone and part of the pulp, add this to the salad and fill the avocados.
Trick. The avocado does not turn black, sprinkle it with a few drops of lemon, and keep it well covered with kitchen film (without leaving spaces with air) until it is time to fill it.
8. Russian Salad With Shrimp
Do you want a party version? Put prawns or prawns instead of tuna.
Trick. You can use frozen prawns and sauté them or some prawns that they sell already cooked.
9. Russian Salad Tartlets
To give it a spectacular look, you can serve it as an appetizer in precooked tartlets and top it with prawns, mussels, gulas.
Trick. You can also serve it in shots or small glasses if you do not want to add more calories.
10. Russian Salad With Smoked Salmon
And it is also delicious with smoked salmon instead of tuna.
Trick. If you want a spectacular presentation, spread salmon slices, spread the Russian salad on top, roll them up, and serve them on a bed of lettuce or tender sprouts.
It is one of our delicious recipes with smoked salmon.